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  1. Hi guys, former student and current tutor here. I just wanted to get an idea of how important it is for you guys to discuss IB matters with students outside of your school? Obviously this website is a massive help, but do you contact IB students in any other manner? Do any of you use the reddit IB page to ask questions? Thanks!
  2. Hi, I've had a quick look and I can't find any micro or macro concepts that you could discuss in depth with that article. In short, the article will not be good for an economics commentary. Go back to the business section on the guardian website and look for articles that deal with concepts you have learned so far. If you are writing a microeconomics commentary, try to find an article that discusses something like taxing a negative externality. An added benefit would be if it somehow also talks about relative falls in price/consumption (for elasticity discussions). If you are working on a macroeconomics, look for articles that deal with inflation, unemployment, interest rates and growth.
  3. Hi there, I haven't checked out each article, but in general go for the one that will allow you to make more evaluative statements and use a wider variety of diagrams.
  4. Thank you for your advice. I've seen 2 of the math EEs in the "50 excellent EEs", although I don't know if one of them are yours or not. They are amazing! Yes, my teacher is good but she is just not so experienced... Maybe that is not so bad. '100 greatest unsolved mathematics problems' -> Did you solve the problem in your essay? Or is it alright to just give some ideas but not a full solution for the research question? Yea mine was about the circular billiards table problem. the one on poker game theory is also very very good. No, you don't necessarily have to 'solve' it (also the books title is a bit misleading, most of the problems have some sort of a solution, perhaps not that general). You should however answer your research question, and make sure your EE is an attempt at solving the question rather than just a overview of the problem.
  5. Hi there, I'm glad to hear that you are interested doing a Maths EE. I think your cons point of 'few people doing the maths EE, so they must be really passionate and good at it' is not entirely true. Yes, it is true that fewer than 8% of EEs are written in HL Mathematics, but if you look at the stats, the amount of people getting A's and B's is in fact slightly better than most other subject areas. The median mark is also higher (check the IBO statistical bulletin if you're interested in a full breakdown). I wrote my EE in mathematics well over 5 years ago but I still remember it to this day and have absolutely no regrets doing it (if you google around, you should be able to find my EE somewhere online, i think it scored 38/40 after being moderated). The fact that your teacher is new the IB is not ideal, but I think this will only be a slight hindrance with the formalities of the EE - for example, deadlines, how to properly format it, sharing of ideas. As long as your teacher is a 'good' mathematics teacher and willing to help you, then you should be fine. As far as topics are concerned, try to google around and find some past mathematics EEs for inspiration. I got my idea from a book I found in the library called '100 greatest unsolved mathematics problems' or something similar. You could also pursue something that you have an interest or hobby in, e.g card games, mathematics in nature, insurance mathematics. Hope that helps, Alexander Zouev
  6. this seems more to do with computer science than it does with mathematics i may be wrong but i don't think there is much 'mathematical' thought involved when a computer does 4 simple arithmetic computations. and if there is, you will struggle to write 4000 words about it.
  7. Hi, Have you heard of Marcus Du Sautoy? He's a famous mathematician that often explores the secret uses of Maths in things such as fine art, music, history and science (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_du_Sautoy#Popularisation_of_mathematics ) I'm sure if you google around you should be able to find a recent article that refers to one of his books or lectures. This would make for a very interesting TOK presentation, and the links to other AOKs are practically already made for you.
  8. Hi, I don't really understand why your teacher would say that if the topic is slightly covered in maths HL, that you would lose marks. Based on the marking criterion, I think the opposite is the case. You will be rewarded for going beyond the syllabus, as long as you are able to do it correctly and without mistakes. If I were I would use Google Scholar to check out some papers on the mathematics of origami and then try to see if there is anything I can narrow the topic down to that would allow for substantial exploration in 10-12 pages. Steer clear of papers written by university level math students. I think this is the paper your teacher is referring to http://www.math.chalmers.se/Math/Research/Preprints/2007/12.pdf. the maths does get pretty ugly midway through, but you may be able to adapt the exploration for simplicity. Also, check this TED talk for some inspiration http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_lang_folds_way_new_origami.html Goodluck!
  9. Hi all, Asking a question on behalf of a student who is currently in IB1 in Singapore and will be required to do 2 year compulsory military service upon completion of IB Diploma. What is the normal procedure for this kind of situation? I understand UK universities do not take deferrals of more than one year. Should the student wait until receiving final IB grades and apply then with 1 year deferred entry? Do UCAS make any sort of exceptions for these compulsory service situations? Any information on similar situations would be greatly appreciated.
  10. If you can handle it, don't let anyone tell you different You say you take theater and dance as after-school extra certificates, which I assume means you are pretty passionate about those things and would like to continue doing them at uni? As long as its not hurting your potential in the other subjects. You'd be surprised how much attention top UK universities are giving to extra-curricular stuff these days. They need a way to differentiate the growing number of 40+ point candidates. How do these certificates work though? I doubt you will get an IB Diploma giving a score out of 59? I guess they are just worked out separate? On a side note, and as someone mentioned above, be very cautious of predicting 7s in HL Math and HL English, especially after only 1st year. I'm happy to hear that your school is basing predictions on things that actually matter (how you perform in IB-type exams, and internal/external ASSESSMENT). Oh how I wish more schools did this, rather than glancing at your last 'test' or homework results and using that as an IB success gauge. Nonetheless, I have seen some schools now bar teachers from predicting 7s in HL English or HL Maths because it's just so damn difficult sometimes. Best of luck!
  11. If you run out of past paper questions to do, the Haese and Harris IB Maths books (the best resources, in my opinion) usually come with a CD that contains an electronic copy of the book. Use some of your EE research skills to scope the internet and see if it's floating about somewhere (solutions available on the official book page, if i remember correctly). If that doesn't work, do what we did when I was in IB (back in the days before mass-pirating Pool together with your HL Math buddies and buy one copy of the book and distribute the CD among yourselves!
  12. Agreed with the points made above. 'Originality', per se, won't be a factor in the success of these new format mathematical explorations (have a look at the grading criterion if you want to know what examiners will be looking for). I guarantee you that hundreds, if not thousands, of students will end up doing explorations on card game mathematics, or mathematics in nature, or the golden ratio. Some of these will score highly, others will not. Plagiarism will not be an issue as long as you are not copying somebodies words as your own. With regards to your Rubik's cube idea, I guarantee you that with some hard work and effort you can write an excellent mathematical exploration on the topic. It all depends on how you structure your paper, and what route you decide to take. Just because there are a lot of resources out there dealing with Rubik's cube mathematics does not mean your exploration will suffer. If you choose your sources wisely and structure your work in a clear manner, you can score top marks.
  13. I'm seeing students write very interesting ones on card games (poker texas hold'em, blackjack, bridge) and this opens doors to a variety of sub-topics like hand odds, optimal bet sizes, and introductory game theory. I can think of a number of good finance-based explorations as well. You really just need to do some research. On the one hand you should choose something that interests you and you will enjoy working on, but on the other hand you should make sure you choose something that allows for plenty of mathematical investigation. I fear that a large number of candidates will end up writing math 'essays' as opposed to math explorations. Before you even start looking for topics, I suggest you have a look at grading criterion : http://fds.oup.com/www.oup.com/pdf/oxed/international/Secondary/exploration_sl.pdf It's always a better idea to know exactly what examiners will be looking for and what you need to have to get full marks.
  14. Hi Jarrod, I've heard from students that a few revision booklets tends to have very good and concise derivations, notably the OSC Physics revision guide and a IB Physics revision guide by Tim Hoffman. I think if you google around you can find some sample pages. That's probably the best solution unless you want to make your own definitive list. Hope that helps!
  15. I don't think your 'communist' topic is very well suited for TOK analysis. I'm struggling to see how you can interlink the knowledge issues with different areas of knowledge and ways of knowing. Unfortunately, in TOK a 'chill' topic and something that 'gets you a 7' (I think it's graded on a scale of A - F!) don't usually go hand in hand. I would choose a 'drier' topic but maximize marks.
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